Has anyone else noticed that the bottom of door rubber seal sticks out and shows. Very sloppy engineering, never saw this on any other vehicle.
I can ditto most of that, I will also state that I have never found Honda to have great taste in internal materials. They are rugged usually, and fairly well fitting, but I always found them a little cheap. My aunt has an old 1980s Honda with tons of miles on it, and even that one has a pretty blah interior. And I still have plastic rattles in my 2003 Civic Hybrid which drive me batty, but not batty enough to keep taking it back to get it fixed. That said, the vehicle has been pretty much maintenance free, I take it in once a year to have the oil changed and that is it. Much better than the Subaru I trade for the Ridgeline.denvrfan said:On another note, I'm a little surprised at the reaction voiced by several posters here. Just like any other mass produced vehicle, Honda's aren't perfect- they're just better than most. I've owned 2 new Honda's since 2001 that had significant rattling/other cosmetic noises that you typically wouldn't expect out of a brand with this type of reputation for solid construction. My 2001 Accord contained some of the cheapest interior materials that I've seen on an "import". Frankly, I don't buy Hondas expecting cosmetic perfection. I buy Hondas due to their reputation for drivetrain durability and reliability. While the body may crumble around me, I have supreme confidence that the engine will last forever with minimal pampering.
10 years ago I would have agreed with you. $30k+ vehicles are no longer the luxury arena. Luxury cars start in the 40s and 50s these days. I remember when a Civic was under $10k now a well equiped Civic will run you $20k. Vehicle prices are definitely keeping pace with inflation. This again opens a market for low price product in the 10s, thus Scion and the likes. Not that they aren't quality products just that they are cheaply built and thus cheaply sold.jeffiam said:Honda claims 4/5 years of development for the RL. Just expected more out them. was expecting more than typical shortcomings. those may be acceptable shortcomings for the civic, but this is a 30 + thousand dollar vehicle.